Blak & Bright First Nations Literary Festival acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the traditional custodians of the sacred lands on which we work. We pay our respects to the people of the Kulin Nations and all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders, past present and future.

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Aunty Denise McGuinness

Denise is a very proud Gundtjmara, Wiradjuri, Yorta Yorta, Dju Dju Wurrung woman. She has three beautiful children and two gorgeous grandsons. Denise is very passionate about LGBTQIA+ community awareness and support services. She has worked at the Victorian Aboriginal Health Services for over 20 years in various roles. Currently she works in Community Engagement. Denise’s other comittments and interest are stand up comedy, since winning the 2010 National Deadly Funny competition. She is also passionate about raising awareness for Autism and support services.



Gammon is the Aboriginal slang word for ‘joking, kidding’. This is Blak comedy at its blakest. MC Kimmy Lovegrove curated this deadly funny line-up including Aunty Denise McGuinness, Ben Moodie, Kasey Johnson, and Tommy Pemberton. Booking Essential.   You will be redirected to Comedy Republic’s website for ticketing.

March 19, 2022